The D.C. United Academy has added Luciano Emilio Soccer Academy (LESA) FC as the seventh Official Academy Affiliate Club Member. LESA FC was founded and is run by former D.C. United player Luciano Emilio. Under the Affiliation agreement, LESA will serve as a source for D.C. United in identifying and developing top youth talent in the region. United will share its coaching resources and will work with the Club to develop players.
Arlington Soccer Association
Arlington Soccer Association has four travel teams ranked nationally in the top 10. According to the most recent rankings published by GotSoccer, the U-17 Boys Strikers Red is ranked 4th, the U-16 Boys Impact Red is ranked 4th, the U-15 Boys Attack Red is ranked 6th and the U-14 Boys Eagles Red is ranked first nationally. There is no other club in the country that has more teams ranked in the top ten.
The D.C. United U-23 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team has announced three tryout dates. The team will feature top collegiate, international and domestic players from around the D.C. area, and will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Conference in the NPSL. The team will train three times a week, May-July, and have one game every weekend.
Chandler Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) and Jose Carranza (Manassas, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club) were both called into Boy’s National Team Camps that were held this past week in Carson, Calif. Vaughn participated in the U-14s Camp and Carranza in the U-15s Camp. Both players trained with their respective age groups and played in competitive games against Development Academy teams during the week.
Both Carranza and Vaughn expressed that consistency with the National Team has really helped them with physical and mental preparation.
D.C. United U-16 midfielder Patrick Jean-Gilles has been called into the U-18 National Team Camp to be held April 4-13 in Carson, Calif. While in California, Jean-Gilles will participate in the training camp and play in international matches against Canada and Mexico.
Jean-Gilles is part of a 24-man roster, made up only of players born in 1997, as Head Coach Javier Perez prepares for the U-20 World Cup cycle in three years.
They’re at every D.C. United home game and even away games cheering on the Black-and-Red. Supporter Groups are a huge factor in creating an electric and intimidating atmosphere at RFK stadium. The District Ultras, La Norte and Club Echa Panza are regular attendees of D.C. United Academy home matches. They come out to these games with banners, flags, drums and an upbeat attitude to cheer on the Academy teams.
This week, in D.C. United news, Academy products Jose Carranza and Chandler Vaughn were both called into their respective U.S. Youth National Teams.
The D.C. United U-18s and U-16s played at home against Match Fit Academy FC this past weekend. Both teams were able to keep clean sheets in their wins against the New Jersey club on Sunday, March 16.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about spring break plans. There may still be snow on the ground, but you can go ahead and start daydreaming of warm spring break plans with D.C. United. The month of April has several opportunities for players to begin training and playing soccer outside again. D.C. United Spring Training Programs begin on April 6th, and the Spring Break Camp runs April 14th-18th.
The D.C. United Pre-Academy U-13 Team won the Arlington ASIST Tournament over the past weekend. Below freezing temperatures, brutal winds, looming winter storm TITAN, and a freezing rain final didn’t stop the U-13s from bringing home some hardware.